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Vice President of Communications
Charter School Enrollment Continues to Rise in Michigan: 141,000 Students Now Enrolled in Charters
LANSING, Michigan (February 12, 2014) – A new national report shows that charter school enrollment continues to grow both nationally and in Michigan. According to the report by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, there are 141,204 students enrolled in Michigan charter schools for 2013-14 – an increase of about 11,000 students over last year.
About 9.3 percent of the state’s 1.5 million public school students are now attending a charter school, up from 8.5 percent last year. There are 298 charter schools in the state, up from 276 last year. Michigan’s first charter schools opened in 1994.
Nationally, there are now about 2.5 million students attending charter schools – an increase of 288,000 students over last year.
“The growth isn’t surprising, because we’re seeing an increase in quality school options for parents,” said Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association. “Every child deserves a quality education in a quality school, which is why charter schools are becoming an increasingly popular choice for parents. As more students seek this educational option, though, the next step is to fund those students more equitably. A charter school student receives about $1,500 less from the state compared to other students, and that’s a problem that needs to be fixed.”
Charter schools are especially popular in Michigan’s urban areas. In Detroit, more than 51 percent of students are enrolled in charter schools – the second-highest percentage of any city in the country.
“Parents are increasingly voting with their feet,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance. “This is the largest increase in the number of students attending charter schools we’ve seen since tracking enrollment growth. It’s no surprise to see this trend when you look at the data: independent research has shown time and again that charter school students perform better academically than their traditional school peers. Families are catching on and these enrollment figures reflect that.”
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The Michigan Association of Public School Academies advances quality education through choice and innovation. MAPSA has been the unified voice of the public charter school movement in Michigan since 1996. MAPSA represents more than 141,000 students, 6,000 teachers, dozens of authorizers and more than 50 education service providers working in 298 public charter schools in the state. MAPSA assists the state’s public charter schools in their mission to deliver achievement, choice and accountability through advocacy, communications, technical assistance and professional development services. For additional information, please visit www.charterschools.org.